hacksaw

noun

hack·​saw ˈhak-ˌsȯ How to pronounce hacksaw (audio)
: a fine-tooth saw with a blade under tension in a frame that is used for cutting hard materials (such as metal)
hacksaw verb

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Examples of hacksaw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The missing-person investigation led law enforcement to a waste facility about an hour away from their home in Swampscott, where investigators reportedly found trash bags with blood, a hatchet and a hacksaw, sources told WBZ-TV. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 10 Jan. 2023 Cut Pipes Use a hacksaw to cut two 10-foot lengths of PVC pipe into two 7-foot and two 3-foot sections. Hannah Bruneman, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 Investing in a reliable hacksaw doesn't have to break the bank. Brittany Vincent, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Sep. 2023 It was built specifically to withstand a number of cutting attempts, including hacksaws, bolt saws, cutters, and grinders. Maggie Slepian, Travel + Leisure, 5 Feb. 2024 The search led law enforcement to a Swampscott waste facility about an hour away from their home, where investigators reportedly found trash bags with blood, a hatchet and a hacksaw, sources told WBZ-TV. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 11 Jan. 2023 Johnston had shimmed out of his cell window – which was 1 foot wide and 4 feet tall – after cutting the center bar with a hacksaw blade. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 14 Sep. 2023 Investigators have reportedly recovered a series of cutting instruments — including a hacksaw and a hatchet — during their search for missing mom Ana Walshe, law enforcement sources told multiple news outlets Tuesday. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 10 Jan. 2023 Two law enforcement officials who were briefed on the case said investigators recovered a hacksaw and blood evidence in trash at the transfer station in Peabody. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1638, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hacksaw was in 1638

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“Hacksaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hacksaw. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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hacksaw

noun
hack·​saw ˈhak-ˌsȯ How to pronounce hacksaw (audio)
: a saw used for cutting hard materials (as metal) that consists of a frame holding a blade with small teeth
hacksaw verb

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